Northern Ireland

Research finds cancer survivors suffer ill health years after treatment

Nearly half of cancer survivors in NI suffer ill health years after treatment.

The research by Macmillan Cancer Support and Queen's University also found that 40% said not all of their health and social care needs were met.

Their carers are also likely to report poor physical and mental health.

Heather Monteverde from Macmillan Cancer Support said many people are not prepared for the consequences of their treatment.

"For example, people who had radiotherapy for example for bowel cancer perhaps weren't aware that they were at a higher risk of bowel problems," she said.

"Other things reported were incontinence problems, mental health issues, lymphadema, nerve pain, and quite a wide spectrum down to different treatment modalities.

"I think people do need to be much better informed of what to look for."